Since most of us think of Memorial Day as the official start of summer, we are now shifting our focus to all things for the upcoming season. We’ll be asking several stylish fashionista friends how to prepare for getting away when the going is good. First up today is the ever-chic fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto, who pens the blog Trust Your Style and whose luxury products have been worn by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright Penn, Joan Rivers, and Mary Hart, and have also appeared on Oprah, Extra, and at the Oscars.

Memorial Weekend is here, and a slew of summer weekend getaways is just around the corner. Here are some easy ideas to pare your travel wardrobe down to the elegant basics without compromising quality.

HELLO SUNSHINE: Here on the West Coast we swap out shades on a daily basis, the way teens change up their iPhone cases—still, that said, you can never go wrong with a classic shape. Top picks: The Schoolboy, The Cat Eye, Retro Glam, and the never-fail Aviator.  (Cutler and Gross Acetate Sunglasses $455; The Row Cat Eye Sunglasses $445; Retrosun Vintage Christian Dior Sunglasses $285; Ray-Ban Aviators $145}.

SOLE-FUL PLEASURES : A great weekend travel tip is to wear one pair, pack the other.  Lots of Louboutin-wearing ladies swear by a third (but minimal) pair of Havaianas tucked into their bag for dashing through airports and security checks. Shoes are insanely personal, but if it’s going to be a casual beach weekend, I recommend a flat and a wedge—heels sink into the grass. {Leopard Havianas $26; Lanvin Leather Ballet Flats $555; Jimmy Choo Patent Leather Sandals $295; Ralph Lauren Espadrilles $295}.

THE WEEKEND BAG: Bring something easy and chic that can go from day to night without too much fuss. Whether you’re partial to raffia totes, tropical prints, or waterproof rubber, this season there’s something for everyone–of course I’m favoring the caramel-colored soft leather Thalia Street tote in my new collection. {Marni Striped Raffia Tote $880; Stella McCartney Hawaiian Print Shopper $635Vanessa Bruno Sequined Jacquard Tote $285; Mary Jo Matsumoto Thalia Street Tote $450}.

THE COVER-UP: Gauzy caftans, breezy tunics, loose shirts—these are the staples of summer weekends. If in doubt, a crisp broderie anglaise tunic is your best bet. {Emilio Pucci Kaftan $825 ; Missoni Carnac Kaftan $1,055; Diane von Furstenberg Nannushka silk-chiffon Kaftan $375; Tory Burch Broderie Anglaise Tunic $295}.

SAND WRAP: Even if you opt for the simplest black suit, your towel is the perfect backdrop to express your personal style. {Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Leopard Towel $195; Missoni Lola Ikat Towel $215Maslin Coral Zebra Beach Towel $158Karen Kilimnik Double Beach Towel $105}.



* A pretty iPad case: let’s face it, you’ll be taking your trusty iPad or iBook everywhere you go this summer; you might as well keep it protected from dents and scratching in style.  What’s not to love about this azure blue Comme des Garçons Leather iPad case?

* A heatproof case for your curling/flat iron so you can pack it even when it’s still cooling down. Vera Bradley makes these in a vast array of prints.

* Noise-canceling headphones take up very little room, and once you’ve tried a pair you’ll never want to go back to the sound of crying babies and slamming galley doors.

* A book to get lost in.  Whether you’re in the mood for something light or lofty, make sure to have something utterly compelling tucked in your bag. There’s nothing like a good read to rejuvenate one’s spirits. My pick this season is Colum McCann’s soulful Let The Great World Spin.

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  • quintessence May 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    GREAT picks Mary Jo – might just have to pick up the Jimmy Choo sandals – now just to decide what color!!

  • Dr Pat Allen May 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Dear Mary Jo,

    Thanks for the attractive suggestions for the upcoming summer weekends. We are so pleased that you have joined Stacey here on Fashion Friday. By the way,I LOVE your blog.


    Dr. Pat